Care home’s fundraising efforts raise bumper sum for RNLI


A DORSET care home has been thanked for its “fantastic efforts” after raising more than £850 for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).


Colten Care’s Avon Cliff home in Bournemouth organised a series of fundraising events during 2014 including raffles, a summer barbecue garden party and a Christmas gala.


Receiving a cheque for £851.10, Di Neville, Chairman of the RNLI’s Christchurch and Bournemouth East branch, praised the hard work of activity organisers Brian Knight and Dawn Watson.


She added: “If it wasn’t for the generosity of the residents and their families we would not be here today so a special thanks to you all.”


Mrs Neville, who was accompanied by her husband John, branch secretary, and treasurer David Hawksley, pointed out that the RNLI relied entirely on fundraising and donations for its funds.


Lifeboats were launched 8,462 times in 2014 and volunteer crews rescued 8,727 people while the lifeguards helped 19,252 people on the UK’s beaches. Poole was the busiest coastal RNLI station.


“Without donations such as this the RNLI would simply not exist. We’re so grateful for Avon Cliff’s fantastic efforts,” added Mrs Neville.


Helen Holden, Home Manager, said residents, relatives and staff had enjoyed supporting the fundraising events.


“They’ve been a great success and we’re very pleased to have raised such a large amount of money for such a worthy cause,” Helen said.


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